\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.
Recent Examples on the Web For four generations, the Gallegos have advocated that their product is traditional Italian pasta but for years their pasta has been put in the ethnic aisle because of stereotypes caused by being Mexican manufacturers. Diane López Olea, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021 Depending on how long the halt in operations continues, Americans could see prices rise in the meat aisle at the grocery store. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, 2 June 2021 Smith recalled battling with Orji over oatmeal in a grocery-store aisle during college. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Many Target locations now stock ice cream toppings on an end cap in the freezer aisle and put bagels and cream cheese near each other for a faster shopping experience. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Walking into most grocery stores anywhere in the U.S., there is no shortage of options in the cereal aisle. Rachel King, Fortune, 23 May 2021 Once a niche product designed for people who were lactose intolerant, Oatly oat milk is now on the menu at Starbucks, in the grocery aisle at Target and sold online by Alibaba in China. Arkansas Online, 21 May 2021 It was determined the shelf had been accidentally kicked by a person in the adjacent aisle. cleveland, 21 May 2021 If they are seated in an aisle too far away for immediate direct contact, check in with your seatmate and engage the senses to regulate your own emotions. Washington Post, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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The first known use of aisle was in the 15th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Aisle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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